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Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

Preparing for Standard Chartered half marathon for 1st first time and wondered if anyone more experienced could give me the elevation (and distance) from the low point in the Western Harbour Tunnel through to the top of the Connaught Road flyover so that we can prepare for the long climb properly?

Any pointers to other parts of the half marathon route with a significant elevation also appreciated?

Many thanks

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

It is not that bad. 120 to 150m or so. The Mizuno half, if you have done that, feels much worse.

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

Many thanks. That's exactly what I needed to know.

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

Nobody is going to be able to give you an exact elevation because you can't get a GPS signal in the tunnel! In fact this fact throws off people who are trying to measure their pace during and after the tunnel, because the tunnel is curved and yet the GPS measures the distance in a straight line from entry to exit of the tunnel. But I agree that the hill is a gradual one. It only feels bad if your legs have already had enough by that point.

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

The harbour is around 40m deep (in Lei Yue Mun, shallower at Western end) and the tunnel is submerged 12m into the sea bed. Height of the flyover is perhaps another 15m. The tunnel is just under 2km long so the climb out is around 1k (then add the distance to get up the flyover. Not as bad as it seems.

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Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

The booklet they give out when you pickup the bibs will have an elevation chart in the pages. As others have commented above, its not too bad. Certainly not like climbing up Old Peak Road. Easily possible to race up out of the Western Harbour Tunnel, but most will take it easy and conserve energy for the straight when you've got out and up onto the highway flyover.

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Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

The HKSCM official guide is now available online and has the elevation guide in there in page 6:

http://www.hkmarathon.com/Assets/Hong+Kong+Marathon+Digital+Assets/Download+Runner$!27s+Guide/SCHKM2014+Marathon+and+Half+Marathon+Runner$!27s+Guide.pdf

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

Why there is no such information for Half Marathon & 10K races ???

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

I saw that, thanks. Although the official guide only has the elevation guide for the full marathon its still pretty easy to work out which section relates to the Western Harbour Crossing.

But it's much more difficult to work out the elevation of first 10K of the half marathon on Kowloon side (where the route diverges from the full marathon). Anyone know if there's any significant elevation during the Kowloon section of the half marathon?

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

The first half is easy. Mildly up until you turn back towards the tunnel.

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

Great, many thanks. That's what I wanted to hear!

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Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

Elevations for the other races are not much to speak of really.
10K is along the Highway by the harbour, nice scenic view, with very mild undulations along the way, but nothing really challenging. Talking roughly 2-5% max.
It's only at the end, about 9th km, when you double back up onto a flyover about where Paterson Street is, that is a slope incline, but quickly goes back down to ground level for a flat finish.

Half Marathon is similarly along the highway but up from TST towards Lai Chi Kok, and had some very mild undulations. It's only when you get to the Western Harbour Tunnel entrance that it slopes down into the tunnel, but from there onwards you can pretty much gauge from elevation map how things will turn out.
A long climb out of the tunnel up onto a highway flyover, then slight undulations then back down towards the Central Piers location. THere's more crowd support at this point onwards to cheer you on and empower you.
There's a small tunnel dip just after Cityhall and next to the new Legco building, abit of an decline and incline there if I remember correctly.
Flat through to Wanchai where you turn right up onto Fleming Road and another flyover to cross over Gloucester Road, and quickly back down into Jaffe Road. Then 100% flat through to Causeway Bay back of Sogo, then onwards to Victoria Park for the finish!

Re: Maximum Elevation on Standard Chartered Half?

That's really useful, many thanks. Appreciate you taking the time to go through the route in such detail.

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You're very welcome! Remember to smile for the cameras and to the crowds!

BTW, along the Central Piers area, were a a few volunteers who offered free food to runners! It's a very nice gesture, but beware of what you take - I helped myself to a nice looking sponge cake to refuel, but that turned into a squishy pulp that became really hard to digest without much water on me!!! And with so many spectators, I found it rather embarrassing to have to spit it out somewhere, hahaha :P